August 9, 2017 by Valerie Ullmer
End of Chapter One from Xander (A Dark Assassins Novel Book Three) #MFRWAuthor #MFRWHooks
Genre: Paranormal Erotic Romance
Xander has secretly yearned for a mate for most of his immortal existence, and yet after three of his friends found exactly what he’s always wanted, he’d come to believe that he’d missed his chance at happiness.
Until he heard her voice.
Frost is a wildlife biologist and tracker and she has been assigned, despite her adamant protests, to lead mercenaries into the mountains of Snowfall, Colorado for the sole purpose of killing immortal shifters. In order to protect those who have no idea the kind of danger they are in, she agrees. As she leads the armed men on a wild chase around the snow-covered pines, she could sense that she was running out of time.
Until she heard his voice.
Xander understands exactly who Frost is the moment he hears her thoughts. With the help of Kane and Gunnar, they eliminate those in her group as they try to keep her safe. But during the fight, she is hurt and all of his protective instincts flare to life. As Xander learns more about her, he realizes that Frost might be the key to the creation of the immortals, both vampire and shifter.
But when she becomes a target from those who want to destroy the Dark Company and Xander’s family, how far will he go to save her?
© 2017 Valerie Ullmer
Before they could continue the conversation, he heard Liv’s tiny footsteps as she rushed up his staircase. She rushed into the bathroom and directly into the shower stall where Frost struggled to sit up the moment she spotted the tiny vampire in the room. Xander propped her up on the bench as she stared at the small, curly-haired vampire who came to a stop inches in front of her face. Xander shook his head as he watched Kai, Gunnar, Kane, Seth, and Jade rush into the already crowded room.
Frost’s movements had slowed significantly, but when she spotted Jade trail after the others, a low growl erupted from her throat. When Jade stepped forward, Frost erupted with a more animalistic growl that had Jade take a step back and hold her hands out in front of her. Frost’s eyes never left the red fox, but Jade made the mistake of glancing over to Xander before she took a tentative step forward.
“Get the fuck away from Xander, before I rip your head off.”
The room stilled at the threat, and for the first time since he’d known her, Xander could see actual fear reflected in Jade’s eyes.
Xander stepped closer to Frost and felt her entire body relax. But he could see that the tension in her body caused her to bleed profusely. He knew that he needed to get Jade out of the room before Frost went critical, but when he said Jade’s name, he realized his mistake at once. A loud roar, the sound almost deafening, erupted throughout the room. Disregarding her injury, Frost stepped in front of Xander and bared her teeth at Jade.
Before Jade could leave or Frost could attack, Liv stepped in Frost’s view, despite Kai’s protesting snarl. Instead of pushing Liv out of the way and attacking, Frost slumped back against Xander and he wrapped his arms around her to pull her closer.
Xander could spot the anger in Liv’s eyes as she glanced up at him.
“You haven’t explained it to her yet?”
Xander shook his head, not sure in Frost’s condition that she was ready to hear about their connection.
Liv turned her gaze to the woman in front of her. “I’m sorry, honey. I didn’t catch your name.”
“I’m Frost, and you’re beautiful. Are you Liv?” Frost’s voice sounded strained.
“Yes, I’m Liv. Do you remember what happened to you?” While she asked her questions, Liv reached for the hem of Frost’s shirt. Moving faster than either he or Liv thought possible, Frost jerked back out of Liv’s reach and to Xander’s surprise, forced him back as well.
“Not the shirt. You can rip off the sleeve, but I’m not taking it off.”
Liv nodded and without hesitation, ripped the right shirt sleeve off and examined the wound. She pressed a clean bandage against her wound on both sides, and flinched as Frost screamed before biting her lower lip.
“Do you mind if Seth draws some blood?”
She shook her head. Her lids were slower as they blinked up and down.
Seth darted to Frost’s side and she blinked at him before he smiled. “You’re fast. Oh, right, immortal. I keep forgetting.”
After Seth made quick work of the blood, Liv removed the bandage and examined the bullet wound, which exited the front. Tears formed in Liv’s eyes, and then in Seth’s, while the others in the room took a gasping breath.
“It’s okay. I’m okay. It’s nothing. I won’t need surgery, especially with the range of motion I still have. So if you just sew me up, I would appreciate it.”
Xander couldn’t believe how Frost was able to deal with the pain, as if it were nothing. But when Liv pressed a clean bandage around the leaking wound, the pain and exhaustion caught up with her. With a moan, Frost’s eyes fluttered closed and she passed out in his arms. He moved to lay her on the bench and without realizing it, his movements caused her shirt to ride up and expose her old wound to their view. It looked as though a chunk of her side was missing. When he glanced closer, he could see claw marks.
Xander’s throat clogged with emotion, taking the time to brush her hair out of her face, before he placed chaste kisses on her face. When he pressed one last kiss to her lips, unable to stay away not that he’d found her, he could’ve sworn that she kissed him back. Her breathing was even, although it hitched every once in a while, as Liv made quick work of cleaning the wound, before she stitched it and dressed both the entrance and exit wound.
When Liv indicated that she had finished, he lifted Frost in his arms and gently laid her on the bed.
“Xander?” Liv’s voice was tight, but she wanted to know.
“She was mauled by a mountain lion several years ago. And tonight, I wasn’t fast enough to stop her from getting shot.” As he ran his hand down his face, blowing out a frustrated sigh, he realized that his words were met with complete silence.